Is Windows Azure the Answer? Yes!

The world of IT is changing, again. This time we are looking at a change in the way we think about hosting operating systems, applications, and services.  In the traditional model all three of those things were hosted on a companies local server.  Over the past few years we have really seen the explosive growth…

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Microsoft Windows Azure: The Cloud is Growing and Getting Brighter

As we have been looking at Azure for the past 12 months, it is beginning to get more and more features and the title of Mary Jo Foley’s article says it all: Microsoft’s Windows Azure: What a difference a year makes Microsoft Windows Azure has added several new features and with more coming the in…

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The IT Investigators Interview Microsoft Corporate VP and CIO, Tony Scott

Keith Combs and I have a podcast show called the IT Investigators.  We like to have fun interviewing a variety of guests on wide ranging topics and this episode is no exception.  So Keith calls me one day and says he has setup and interview for us.  I asked who is it?  He calmly and…

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Top 15 Windows Server Innovations In the Past 15 Years

Windows IT Pro is celebrating its 15 year anniversary this year.  Congratulations! That’s a major achievement in our industry.  As part of a series Michael Otley wrote a post for the Windows It Pro blog called “Top 15 Windows Server Innovations In the Past 15 years.”  It is definitely worth a few minutes to go…

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Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0: Office 2010 part 2

Welcome to part 2 of a 6 part series talking about a great FREE tool, which has released it’s 5th major version on Monday (7-12-2010): The new version, MAP 5.0, has some exciting new features to help with discovery and software usage.  In this screencast we take a look on how MAP can help streamline…

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Numbers!

A few weeks ago now Frank Shaw made a post on the Microsoft blog.  In his post he outlined some numbers around the performance of some of Microsoft’s key businesses.  The numbers Frank put up are impressive by any standard.  Various blogs have picked up Franks post and spent a fair amount of time discussing…

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Windows Azure beats Google and Amazon in Cloud Response Time Tests

Interesting story in last week’s New York Times Bits column – a report on response times of the major cloud providers. Columnist Ashlee Vance asks the question: “How Fast Can Your Cloud Run?” For Windows Azure users, the answer is: faster than anyone else’s. The story is based on a new interactive tool from Compuware called CloudSleuth, which is…

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